Children who benefit from the Salisbury Urban Ministries Kid’s Cafe after-school nutrition and education program in Salisbury, Md., stand in front of a new van that was funded in part through a grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. Pictured from left with the children are Bill Hetherington, executive director of the Foundation, the Rev. Ron Bell, Salisbury Urban Ministries (SUM), and Perdue associate Bill Perry, who serves on SUM Finance Committee.
Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, July 11, 2012) - Building on a commitment of improving life within the communities in which it operates, Perdue, through a $22,214 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has helped Salisbury Urban Ministries fund the purchase of a new van to transport needy children to a Kid’s Café after-school nutrition and education program.
“For almost three years, SUM have been working on a goal of purchasing a new van for our children and youth programs,” said the Rev. Ron Bell, executive director of Salisbury Urban Ministries. “With the help of our Parish Council, Advisory Board and residents of the community, we were able to raise about one third of the cost needed for a new van. The generous support of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant enabled us to obtain the remaining funds needed to purchase the van.
“The Perdue family has been long-time supporters of Salisbury Urban Ministries, actively participating in the leadership of SUM and giving personally of their time helping with our ministry programs,” said Rev. Bell.
The Kid’s Café has served more than 400 children in Wicomico County since it was established in 2003. The program provides after-school meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the summertime and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the winter, in addition to nutrition education, tutoring, art and other development activities for approximately 50 underprivileged children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
“With the van we are able to pick children up at their homes, bring them to the café and return them to their homes each day,” said Rev. Bell. “We also use the van for field trips and educational outings.”
Bill Hetherington, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, said, “Salisbury Urban Ministries has a strong history of serving others and we share in their commitment to making a difference in the community. We were interested in helping SUM acquire a new van because of its intended purpose of getting kids to the Kid’s Café. This program really fits the Foundation’s mission because it helps through education and fighting hunger. We’re proud to lend our support through this grant.”
The Perdue Family of Companies includes Perdue Farms, Perdue AgriBusiness, and our shared services organizations. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to today’s third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family-owned company dedicated to making Perdue the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Perdue Family of Companies, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of the Perdue Family of Companies communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.